Friday, October 17, 2014

The Evolution Shawl KAL - And the Yarn is 20% Off!

The Evolution Shawl
Last year, Skacel sponsored the first season of “The Fiber Factor,” where independent knitwear designers competed for world fame. This year, the most knittable designs are being featured in a series of Knit-Alongs!

The November KAL will be lead by Rachel Henry, the designer of the awesome “Evolution Shawl.”  Rachel knits every day, and her video introduction features many of the places where she knits.  But with all that knitting it is comforting to see that she still has a shelf of baskets filled with UFO's!

So what is the Evolution Shawl?  Rachel writes:
This heart-shaped shawl follows the evolution of a knitter. It begins with garter stitch, representing that garter-stitch scarf so many of us knitters began with. Then a bit of stockinette, as the beginner knitter learns to purl. Once the basic stitches are mastered, textured patterns like the diamond pattern become possible. Then ... cables are not that hard ... and a try a bit of simple lace.

Each pattern builds on the last; each pattern is made up of knits and purls, manipulated to form apparent complexity. But, one stitch at a time, all knitting is conquerable. The final stitch pattern combines right-side and wrong-side pattern, cables, twisted stitches, lace, and unusual decreases for a gorgeous exuberance that flares all around the edge of the finished shawl.
During the Fiber Factor competition, Rachel knit her shawl in Zitron's Unisono and in HiKoo's Rylie ... we are featuring the Rylie yarn.  Rylie is a luxurious natural blend of baby alpaca, mulberry silk and linen.  The linen adds a rustic look, baby alpaca adds softness, and mulberry silk adds drape and a hint of sheen. I like the shawl in a soft neutral, especially the Rylie Sandbar, Pearl or Driftwood ... or pick your favorite from the 10 available solid colors.

Bonus:  We have the Rylie yarn on sale at 20% off!

The Evolution Shawl in Rylie
The gauge of the shawl is approximately 20 sts and 32 rows = 4” x 4” in stockinette stitch (blocked), and the finished size is about 85” across the top and 30” deep at the spine.

Each week a video will be posted with Rachel offering tips and tricks for knitting this great shawl. Rachel will also be fielding questions about her pattern on the “The Fiber Factor” forum on Ravelry.

So how much is the pattern?  It's free!  Click here to download your free copy now!

There is no registration or cost, simply download the pattern, get your supplies and check out Rachel’s video starting on November 3rd. Don't hesitate to call us if we can help with your yarn, needle or notion selections.

Here are the materials you will need:

Yarn
Rylie yarn in Periwinkle
The Evolution Shawl is one size, and is knit using HiKoo's sport weight Rylie yarn - 50% Baby Alpaca / 25% Mulberry Silk / 25% Linen. 274 yards / 100g skeins. Three (3) skeins are needed for the shawl.

Needles
You will need a set of US #7 (4.5mm) 40” circular needles. As always, adjust the needle size you need to achieve gauge. Exact gauge is not crucial for this project; however, it can affect yardage needed to complete the shawl. To save time, check your gauge and read all instructions thoroughly before beginning.

Notions
You will also need a tapestry needle, a couple of stitch markers and a locking stitch marker.

Pattern
It's Free!  Download your free pattern here.

The KAL starts on Monday, November 3rd and will go for about six weeks.  You'll be finished before the holidays!  Here is the weekly schedule:

    Monday, November 3rd - Cast On, Sections 1, 2 and 3
    Monday, November 10th - 3-4 transition and Section 4
    Monday, November 17th - Sections 5a and 5b
    Monday, November 24th - Section 6a
    Monday, December 1st - Sections 6b and 6c, Cast Off
    Monday, December 8th - Blocking

Need more incentive? You will also have the chance to win great prizes generously furnished by Skacel Collection. Skacel will be randomly selecting three lucky winners who post pictures and information about their finished projects on Ravelry. The project must be started in November and be completed by December 20th.  Winners will be announced on Skacel’s “www.TheFiberFactor.com”, and on Ravelry. Prizes may include Limited Edition addi needles, addi Click Starter Sets, and yarns from HiKoo!

The shawl is perfect for gift giving - or knit it for yourself!

Happy Knitting! . . . . Amy

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Dreamy 20% Off on All Dream in Color Yarns - And a FREE Pattern!

Fall Colors Wrap - a FREE Pattern!
Do you dream in color?  Most people do, but whether you dream in color or not you should definitely knit in color!

This is a perfect time to knit with Dream in Color's dreamy colors - all Dream in Color yarns and patterns are 20% off!  Except for the special order colors, right?  Wrong!  All special order colors are included in the 20% off sale!

Dream in Color was started by two women who love color.  And I mean they LOOOOOOOVE color!  They opened a yarn shop and started dying and experimenting with color in the back room.  Two years later their own hand-dyed colors were so popular they closed the yarn shop to devote themselves to dying their Dream in Color yarn full time.  That's good news for us!

October Dream Club Cruzado Cowl
I know that having all of our Dream in Color yarns and patterns on sale at 20% off can make it hard to choose - so I'll highlight a few of my favorites: 
  • You'll love their limited edition fall colors - The Great Pumpkin, Swamp Thing and Ginger Ninja, in Jilly and Jilly Lace.  The new colors are all on sale at 20% off.   
  • Do you like free?  You can get my new Jilly pattern, the Fall Colors Wrap, free!  No purchase necessary, just say "Gimme the free Fall Colors Wrap!"  The Fall Colors Wrap features a two color body in an alternating interrupted rib stitch with a bold contrast on the side.  The sample looks awesome knit in Jilly's fall colors. You can choose from over 50 other colors of Jilly too!
  • Dream Club Kits.  A club for dreamers?  Why not!  Each Club Kit contains a pattern plus yarn in an  exclusive color created especially for the project.  October's project is the Cruzado Cowl knit with Dream in Color's supersoft Classy yarn in a rich mix of fall colors (orange, red, yellow and brown). 
  • The Chelsea Cowl Kit
    Who likes holes in their sweaters  Nobody!  The Everlasting DK yarn is a 100% Superwash Australian Merino wool with 12 finely spun plies.  It's a strong, durable yarn great for creating long-wearing projects - and it's a whopping 40% off!
  • The Chelsea Cowl KitChelsea's Light Foundation was created in memory of Chelsea King, who was a fatal victim of a sex offender.  The Foundation has been instrumental in passing stricter sentencing laws for sex offenders and providing peer mentoring programs and scholarships for young adults.  The Chelsea Cowl Kit is a gorgeous cowl knit with Jilly yarn in Enthusimistic (orange) or Poise (blue).  When you buy the kit you get a coupon code to download a copy of Kirsten Kapur's "Rivington Cowl" pattern and yarn to complete the cowl - and Chelsea's Light Foundation gets $7 from each kit sold!  We have the kit on sale at 20% off, but Chelsea's Light Foundation still receives the full $7 from each kit sold. 
Sweet Dreams . . .   

And Happy Knitting! . . .  Amy

Friday, October 3, 2014

Here Comes the Bride!

Wendi and Ben
If you stopped by the store on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend you met our second-stringers, Deb and Suzy.

So why were Deb and Suzy running the store that Saturday?  Because everyone from FiberWild! was at Ben and Wendi (aka Bendi's) wedding!!!

Wendi works in customer service, so you may have talked to Wendi or received an e-mail from her if you've had a question on our yarns or pattens.  She is also quite an artist, and is in charge of our awesome website graphics!

Wendi in the Country Fair Hat
You may recognize her face as our model for the Country Fair Slouch Hat pattern.  Wendi wears a knit cap all the time so she was a natural choice for our pattern model. I was extremely happy to see that the bride did not wear a knit cap at the wedding!

Deb, a long-time customer at the store, is also a pattern designer.  When she came in one day venting that she hated her job and had just quit - I hired her on the spot!  Deb is an expert on yarns of all types and a non-stop knitter! She's an excellent assistant to help you make your yarn choices in the shop. 

Suzy, also known as Suzy the Shepherdess, does most of her FiberWild! work from home maintaining the customer database.  She spent the day as the "Yarn Monkey", running up and down the stairs fetching yarn. 

The Kiss!
Wendi truly looked fabulous!  She wore a knee length ivory dress with a gorgeous lace overlay, and carried pink garden flowers with matching live flowers in her hair.  The wedding was outdoors in a casual ceremony at Grant Park in Galena, and the weather was wonderful!  It couldn't have been a better day!

Be sure to stop by the store or send a note with best wishes to the new bride!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy



Walking back down the isle after the ceremony.
Wendi's photographer was Andy Koulouris, and the wedding photos are copyright ARK Photography.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mountain Colors Yarn Exclusive Kits!

Star Tweed Cap & Mittens

The amazing colors and fabulous yarn of Mountain Colors Yarn just get my creative juices flowing!  Through the years I've designed a number of kits using Mountain Colors Yarn, and now there's even more - I just completed two new exclusive FiberWild! Mountain Colors Yarn kits!

Star Tweed Cap and Mitten Kit
The Star Tweed Cap and Mitten Kit is easier to knit than it looks! Mix Mountain Colors Yarn's fun hand dyed yarn with a cozy solid to create the dynamic star texture that will make you look like a star!  Choose from five dramatic colorways.

Braid Back Wristlet Kit
Braid Back Wristlet
The Braid Back Wristlet has a braid on the back!  The alpaca and wool blend is super soft, and the design keeps your hands and wrists warm while your fingers are free to type, use your cell phone, or send text messages.  Great for chilly offices or a great gift for your "cell phone addicted" teenager.

Or do you prefer one of the popular classics?
  • The light-as-a-feather elegant Ella Lace Scarf has been a long-time favorite.  It looks equally great with an exquisite evening gown or casually thrown on with jeans.
  • The Horseshoe Cable Hat 'N Wristlet sport fun horseshoe cables to give this set more personality than an ordinary hat and wristlet.
  • The Ruffled Crochet Wristlet is a great project for beginning crocheters.  Crocheted with a hint of ribbing, the ruffle gives the functional wristlets a flirty and feminine flair!
Sinnissippi Sock
You like socks?  It's hard to pick a favorite between...
Perfect for holiday gift knitting!

Happy Knitting ... Amy

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Only 98 Days 'Til Christmas!

    Easy Christmas Stocking pattern
    Sure it seems early, but if you start your holiday knitting now you can take advantage of autumn's cool evenings to relax at home while you knit leisurely - instead of panic-knitting your UFOs (unfinished objects) in the car on the way to your holiday destination! 

    We've created our Holiday Central page to help you drum up ideas for your gift knitting - and also included a "Gifts for Knitters & Crocheters" section for your non-knitting friends to buy gifts for you!

    So many great ideas to choose from!  Here are some of my favorites:
    Interrupted Rib Scarf
    • The Wonderful Wallaby: A Hooded Sweater for All AgesWho's in the 'hood?  Anyone can be, with this unisex hooded sweater pattern that includes eleven sizes from child size 2 to an adults XX-Large.  Knit in worsted weight yarn on circular needles, I suggest using Berroco's Vintage, a soft yarn with the look of wool to create a washable hoodie.
    • The Interrupted Rib Scarf.  A scarf without silly tassels or scalloped edges - this scarf is all man!  While it will look great on anyone, it is especially perfect for those rough and tough guys who refuse to wear anything stylish.  Buy Alpaca Blend in Mountain Color Yarn's exclusive FiberWild! custom color "slate" and get the pattern for free.  Bonus:  All of our Alpaca Blend in every color, including slate, is 20% off!
    • The
      The Coryn Hat
      Coryn Hat
      .  All the best gifts come with a big bow - so here's a bow to wear everyday!  The Coryn Hat was designed by an art therapist in New York City.  It's young and fun and whoever wears it will look like a masterpiece.  It is knit in Classic Elite's Fresco, a marvelously soft blend of alpaca, angora and wool in brilliant colors.  
    • Easy Christmas Stocking.  A Christmas stocking can be full of advanced techniques and stitches - or it can be easy.  This simple stocking on circular needles can be an easy project for new knitters just starting to branch out - or it can be a blank canvas for advanced knitters to play!  Knit with Rowan's Pure Wool Worsted, a soft machine washable wool available in  great 50 colors, and for a faux fur top use HiKoo's Caribou.  Bonus:  Rowan's Pure Wool Worsted yarn is 20% off!
    • Hunny
      The Hunny Bunny
      Bunny.
        Can you say cute!  The Hunny Bunny is an adorable stuffed bunny that will delight children (and adults!) of all ages.  The simple bunny is knit with just one skein of Tahki Yarn's Cotton Classic, a 100% mercerized cotton that is machine washable and durable. 
    "My goodness!" they will say as they unwrap their gift, "How did you find the time to knit such wonderful gifts?"  And you'll smile knowing that you got an early start and didn't let the holidays sneak up on you this year!

    Happy Knitting . . . .  Amy

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Are You Ready for October Knit Along? The Yarn is 20% Off!


    It's time for another of Michelle Hunter's Knit Alongs!  The October project is Namesake, a single-color cowl.  Who doesn't look good in a cowl?  Its versatile shape compliments all shapes and figures. 

    So what will the cowl look like?  We don't know!  That's the fun part of a "mystery" knit-a-long.  We do know that Michelle has promised us a cowl that will delight knitters of all skill levels.  She will introduce a new bind off technique, an interesting cable technique and a new cast on.  Learn some new skills - and look great wearing your new masterpiece!

    Simplinatural in Cabernet
    Never done a KAL?  It's easy ... Michelle will reveal the pattern on her website in four segments, every Thursday in October starting on October 2nd.  How much does it cost?  Nothing!  You don't have to register or pay any fee to participate. You may even win some cool prizes from SkacelHave a question?  No problem, Michelle posts photos and online video instructions, plus you can post questions on Michelle's KAL site or in her Ravelry group. Questions are typically answered daily.  It's like having a knitting tutor right by your side!  And it's OK to get video help at 3 am - perhaps your grandmother isn't always so accommodating! 

    So what do you need?  We've got that covered . . .

    Yarn - 20% Off!
    You'll need one, two or three skeins of Simplinatural yarn by Hikoo, all in the same color - and we've got 14 colors to choose from!  Simplinatural is a luxury fiber made from all natural fibers:  baby alpaca, merino wool and mulberry silk.  A wonderful next-to-the-skin yarn for a cozy, soft cowl!  

    The amount you need depends on the size, so first you'll have to decide what size you want to make. 

         Small - cowl up to 20" in circumference - 1 Skein of Simplinatural
         Medium - cowl up to 40" in circumference - 2 Skeins of Simplinatural
         Large - cowl up to 60" in circumference - 3 Skeins of Simplinatural

    Bonus:  "Luxury" doesn't have to mean "expensive."  We've got all of our Simplinatural yarn on sale at 20% off!
     
    Simplinatural in Camel
    Needles
    You'll need one set of US #8 (5.0mm) circular needles, and the length depends on the size of the cowl:

         Small cowl - 16" in length
         Medium cowl - 24" in length
         Large cowl - 40" in length

    The gauge is approximately 4.5 stitches per inch (18 st/4") in stockinette stitch.  As always, adjust the needle size to achieve gauge - and remember to block your gauge swatch before measuring!


    Notions
    You will also need a cable needle and a couple of stitch markers

    Give us a call if we can help you with your yarn, needle or notion selections!

    I'm looking forward to seeing your cowl!  Send me pictures or post them in our Ravelry group!

    Happy Knitting . . . .  Amy

    Friday, September 5, 2014

    MCY - Any Mountain Colors Yarn, in Any Color, is 20% Off!

    Mount Everest, the highest peak on earth
    If you stacked up all of Mountain Color Yarn's yarns it would make . . . a mountain!  We have 27 of Mountain Color Yarn's most popular yarns in stock, and each one is available in 101 colors.  That's 2,727 available yarns for the math geeks in the crowd.  For the rest of us, it's just a mountain of yarn!

    Right now we have everything Mountain Colors Yarn on sale at 20% off!  Great deal!  So what's not included?  Where is the fine print?  There isn't any.  All of our Mountain Colors Yarn is on sale!

    Special Order Colors On Sale Too!
    We have 27 of Mountain Colors Yarn's most popular yarns in stock, in lots of colors - on the shelf and ready to ship.  But Mountain Colors Yarn has over 100 colors to choose from, so stocking every color in every yarn is close to impossible. But if you want a yarn / color combo we don't have in stock, you can always Special Order it and get fast delivery.  So what is the extra fee for the Special Order colors?  Zero.  They are the same price as the in-stock colors, and right now all Special Order colors are 20% off!

    River Wash Sport in Azalea Garden
    Two New Yarns - River Wash Sport & Winter Silk
    It's hard to pick a favorite MCY yarn, and now the ladies at Mountain Colors Yarn have made it even more difficult by adding two more yarns.  River Wash Sport is a 100% Superwash merino wool, a wonderfully versatile machine washable wool that is great for any sport weight project.  Winter Silk is a worsted weight 50/50 blend of wool and silk.  The wool adds warmth and strength, while the silk adds sheen and a little drape. 

    Perspective Pack
    Perspective Yarn Packs
    With so many color options available, whittling it down to a few harmonious colors for your project can be overwhelming.  No worries!  The ladies of MCY have done the hard part for you!  The Perspective Packs are delightful little packs of five mini skeins of coordinating solid colors of the new River Wash Sport yarn.  Each mini skein is 70 yards for a total of 350 yards per pack - the perfect size for a vibrant striped scarf or a colorful pair of mittens!

    FiberWild Exclusive Colors
    Ok, we're color junkies, we admit it.  It's not enough to have all of MCY's colors - we want more!  So every few months we come up with a new color combination, and the ladies of MCY create a new color exclusively for FiberWild!  And we're not satisfied with just one yarn, we need two or three different yarns for each new color.  The inspiration continues as I design a few pattens to compliment the yarn and the new colors. 
    Snow Tree Yarn

    Click below for more info on our exclusive colors, yarns and patterns ...

        Wood Smoke Cowl in two Exclusive Colors!
        Snow Tree Yarn and the Enchanted Tree Shawl
        Knit a "Slate" Scarf for your Guy ... Perfect!
        Spumoni Ice Cream Shawl and Socks!
        Dragon Wings Shawl and Fire-Dragon Yarn
        Horseshoe Cable Hat and Wristlet Kit

    Not only is the yarn 20% off, but the associated FiberWild pattern is free with the purchase of any FiberWild.com exclusive yarn!

    The "Knit, Swirl" book
    Knit, Swirl Kits - 20% Off!
    The award winning “Knit, Swirl!” book has become a classic. The book features 18 patterns based on a unique concentric ring design concept, thus the “Swirl!”

    Two popular jackets from the book, the “Coat of Many Colors” and “Plum Perfect,” are available as kits in a variety of Mountain Colors yarns and colorways. We also have the “Coat of One Color.”  Just as much fun but a little less flashy, the “Coat of One Color” features the same “Knit, Swirl” pattern with only one color of Mountain Colors' Mountain Goat yarn ... at a value price.

    These kits make a perfect fall project or a great gift for your favorite knitter.

    Enjoy!

    Happy Knitting . . . .  Amy